Disney-Fox: Will Trump Regulators Who Nixed AT&T-Time Warner Cry Foul Again?
As Disney gets set to announce its acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets, reportedly on Thursday, Hollywood and Wall Street are swooning so much they have almost forgotten their other recent obsession: the fate of the even bigger AT&T-Time Warner deal.
The momentum of one deal just as the other one moves sideways is prompting this question: Given the formidable scale of the combined company, will the Murdoch family’s game-changing move trigger the same regulatory… Read
Bruce Brown Dies: Surf Movie Pioneer Who Sought The Perfect Wave For ‘Endless Summer’ Was 80
Bruce Brown, the pioneering filmmaker whose hunt for the perfect wave helped cement surf culture with The Endless Summer, has died. He was 80. Brown died Sunday at his ranch near Santa Barbara. The announcement was made on his website.
A San Francisco native who was accomplished surfer and motorcycle rider, Brown already had made a number of surf movies before 1964’s The Endless Summer. The film was a regional hit and earned a national release in 1966. Fueled by the SoCal… Read
‘M. Butterfly’ Revival With Clive Owen Sets Earlier Closing Date
UPDATE December 12: Poor ticket sales have continued to plague the Broadway revival of M. Butterfly, which has moved its closing date up a month to December 17, the producers announced today.
EARLIER: Tepid reviews and an indifferent box office have claimed the Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly, starring Clive Owen. The production, the first revival of the 1988 Tony winner, marked the return to Broadway of The Lion King director Julie Taymor.
‘Black Lightning’: CW Series’ Key Art Unveiled
The CW has released key art (see below) for its upcoming DC drama series Black Lightning, from Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil and Greg Berlanti.
Based on the DC character created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden, Black Lightning centers on Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), now a father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school, a hero in his community. Nine years ago he was a hero of a different sort, gifted with superhuman powers as the masked vigilante… Read
‘Homeland’ Season 7 Trailer: Carrie Is Back In D.C. To Take On The Keane Administration
Showtime has released the official trailer for the seventh season of its Emmy-winning drama series Homeland, which is currently filming in Richmond, Virginia.
At the end of last season, following an assassination attempt on her life, President Keane (Elizabeth Marvel) broke her promise to Carrie (Claire Danes) by arresting 200 members of the intelligence community without bringing charges against them, including Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin). As season 7 begins, Carrie… Read
Goops! Gwyneth Paltrow Is Go-Going To Co-Produce ‘Head Over Heels’ On Broadway
Goop entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow will join producers Rick Ferrari, Donovan Leitch, Christine Russell, Louise Gund, Hunter Arnold and Tom Kirdahy in presenting Head Over Heels, a new musical featuring the iconic songs of the femme rock band The Go-Go's, on Broadway next season. The show will play its tryout engagement San Francisco's Curran Theater April 24 through May 20, 2018.
Tony winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) will direct, with… Read
Ian Chen & Jovan Armand Join ‘Shazam!’, Brian ‘Astro’ Bradley Jr. Cast In ‘Luce’
Fresh Off The Boat actor Ian Chen and Jovan Armand (Bella and the Bulldogs) have joined the cast of New Line's David F. Sandberg-directed DC superhero film Shazam! The pic stars Zachary Levi as the title character, Asher Angel as Billy Batson, and Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman. Chen will play Eugene and Armand will play Pedro, friends of Billy's from a group home. Written by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke, the film centers on Billy who can transform into an adult… Read
BET & Viacom Settle Discrimination Suit With Ex-Original Programming Head
Just more than two months after it looked like all sides were solidly locked in a legal battle, Viacom and BET today announced they've come to a settlement with Zola Mashariki in the former executive's discrimination suit.
"As Head of Original Programming, Zola Mashariki brought fresh new content and top-notch talent to BET Networks,” BET said in a statement to Deadline on Tuesday. “We thank Ms. Mashariki for her many valuable contributions, and our thoughts are with her… Read
Patriots Lose But ‘Monday Night Football’ Ratings Rise, ‘Better Late Than Never’ Off In Return But Improves On ‘The Brave’
All things must come to an end, and last night's saw the Miami Dolphins shut down the New England Patriots’ eight-game winning streak. In a season that has been full of ratings tackles for the league and its broadcasters, it also saw an uptick for ESPN and the NFL: With a 8.5 in metered market ratings, last night’s MNF was up 9% over last week.
On the broadcast networks, NBC’s globe-trotting reality series Better Late Than Never returned for a second… Read
Justin Chon, Filmmaker Behind ‘Gook’ At Sundance, Will Direct Next Feature For Macro
EXCLUSIVE: Justin Chon, the multi-hyphenate actor-writer-director whose film Gook won the Next category at this year's Sundance Film Festival, is partnering with MACRO on his next original feature. Chon will write and direct a yet untitled feature whose storyline is being kept under wraps for a late 2018 start. He was nominated last month as a "Director To Watch" at the 33rd Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards.
Charles D. King, Kim Roth and Poppy Hanks will produce… Read
C.J. Kettler Named President Of King Features Syndicate, Will Focus On New Platforms
Popeye, Betty Boop, Prince Valiant and Mandrake have a new leader as King Features Syndicate has named C.J. Kettler as its president.
The Hearst Entertainment & Syndication group is home to the iconic cartoon characters, part of King Features Syndicates’ worldwide distribution universe of comics, columns, puzzles and games to print and digital outlets. It is one of the largest licensors of brands and comics characters for entertainment programs and consumer… Read
Cinedigm Acquires Rights To High School Comedy ‘Dear Dictator’
EXCLUSIVE: Cinedigm has acquired the North American distribution rights to Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse’s Dear Dictator. The high school comedy stars Lady Bird actress Odeya Rush, Oscar winner Michael Caine, and Katie Holmes. Cinedigm will release the picture theatrically and on Digital and TV VOD on March 16, 2018, with a DVD release to follow on April 24, 2018.
Also starring Seth Green and Jason Biggs, the film written and directed by the husband & wife… Read